Journey to the Sinking Lands

A witness to the world's first evacuation of an entire people due to climate change

A distinct and unusual honour

I’ve just got back from the BBC studios in Birmingham, where I was recording a last few bits of speech for Simon to edit in to the recordings in PNG to hold the programme together. I like working with Simon, he has the happy habit of telling you that everything you do is wonderful, so you end up walking home feeling ten foot tall (he’s also very good at his job as these programmes, evidence of which can be heard here).

But in among the mutual backslapping he said something that really stuck in my mind – he was dead pleased with the recordings I made in PNG, so pleased in fact that he plans on sending them all to the BBC Sound Effects library where they will be preserved – and available to access –  for the future. It’s a great testament to the moment in time that I was fortunate enough to record, and to the people I met. I feel very pleased.

Wonderfully, for those other fans of BBC sound effects (which must include everyone who grew up watching Dr Who), you can actually buy an entire 60-disk set of some of the best. This includes such famous hits as ‘Seawash, calm’, ‘Seawash, choppy’, ‘River, small’ and, of course, the immortal ‘Wood Fire, inside stove’.

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